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Of all the "liberation movements" of the twentieth century, the one that succeeded beyond anyone's wildest dreams did not liberate a class or a gender or a race. It liberated an element: carbon. Today, the "carbon liberation front" threatens to crash the entire climate system. In Molecular Red, Wark looks for a way to understand, and perhaps even combat, this implacable force. He revisits the work of Alexander Bogdanov – Lenin's rival – and the great proletkult writer and engineer Andrei Platonov. In this reading, the Soviet experiment emerges from the past as an allegory for our time. Moving toward the present, Wark reads Donna Haraway's cyborg critique and science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson's Martian utopia as powerful resources for thinking about what the carbon liberation front has wrought.
McKenzie Wark is the author of A Hacker Manifesto, Gamer Theory, The Beach Beneath the Street, and The Spectacle of Disintegration. He teaches at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College in New York City.